Punjab’s Chitkara University becomes India’s First Educational Institution to use Blockchain Technology to issue e-documents 

Degrees, Marksheets and Academic Certifications issued on Blockchain are immutable and verifiable by any corporate or educational institute around the world


Adopts HashDegree, a blockchain technology enabled solution of Hashcove – a subsidiary of Indian fintech major uTrade Solutions

chitkaraMUMBAI/ NEW DELHI/ CHANDIGARH, 10th November 2016: Chandigarh based Chitkara University, a University Grants Commission (UGC) recognized private university offering multi-disciplinary industry relevant programs, has today announced that it has started adopting the Blockchain technology to issue e-documents for student’s benefit.

By doing so, Chitkara becomes the first university in India and will be among the handful educational institutes in the world to issue and verify useful academic documents for students via Blockchain.

Blockchain is a shared, secured and public ledger system that is the most talked about database in the world today. It is a sequential transaction database that is crowd managed with every transaction bunched into a block, validated with timestamps and stored using strong cryptography.

This development is the result of the university adopting HashDegree, a blockchain technology enabled solution from Hashcove  which is a subsidiary of Indian fintech major uTrade solutions.

How Students stand to benefit?

  • Every academic certification will have a unique quick response (QR) code. For document verification, students only have to share this code digitally to the concerned authority requisitioning it, without having to post or courier physical copies.
  • Avoids the hassle of photocopying and notarizing mark sheets, education degrees and other relevant certifications.
  • Would benefit students aspiring for higher education abroad.

Speaking about the successful adoption of blockchain, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University said, “We are happy to announce the issuance of the first set of e-documents today using blockchain, making us the pioneers of adopting this revolutionary technology in India. In line with the university’s vision, the adoption of HashDegree is a step that is indicative of our innovation centric approach to promote academic excellence. We’d like to see our partnership with uTrade’s Hashcove deepen in the future with the adoption of more such technologically advanced products.”

Kunal Nandwani, Co-Founder and CEO, uTrade Solutions said, “Our subsidiary Hashcove is committed to building breakthrough blockchain solutions like HashDegree that offers hybrid models across the offline and online world. The degrees issued on blockchain have a physical certificate with a QR code leading to the blockchain. We are trying to bring efficiencies in the existing workflows, while keeping it backwardly compatible too. It’s a matter of time everyone follows this blockchain platform.”

Educational institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, training institutes as well as e-learning portals can stand to benefit from blockchain as the issuance and verification of academic documents can be done within seconds, thereby making the process faster, more cost effective besides reducing the counterfeiting of such documents.

About Chitkara University

Chitkara University has got two independent campuses located respectively in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh almost equidistant (about 30 Kms) from Chandigarh. Both the universities are approved by UGC and offer industry – relevant programs in the areas of Engineering, business administration, health care sciences, mass media, hospitality, education and architecture etc. As a result of their student-centric approach, Chitkara University is renowned as one of the best private universities in North India.

For more information visit http://www.chitkara.edu.in

About uTrade Solutions

uTrade Solutions is a fintech company providing enterprise solutions including Blockchain driven clearing, multi-asset trading platform, algorithms and risk management solutions to financial institutions and their end customers. uTrade provides global market access to over 50 financial institutions in over 10 countries, facilitating  over $10 billion worth of trades on a daily basis.

The company has filed for 6 patents in India and 1 patent each in US and UK to lead innovation in the trading life cycle. In 2013-2014, uTrade was recognized as a leading innovative fin-tech start-up by FinTech Innovation Labs (London), NASSCOM, Red Herring Asia and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Hashcove is a Blockchain solutions company creating “Proof of Value” for its clients. Hashcove has uClear, KYChain and Hashdegrees as its 3 main solutions launched in 2016, and adopted in India and UK so far. Hashcove a subsidiary of uTrade Solutions.

For more information visit www.utradesolutions.com and www.hashcove.com